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Cunard Line: Ships

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Note: This is a sub-section of Cunard Line and Cunard Steam Ship Co

The Cunard fleet, all built for Cunard unless otherwise indicated, consisted of the following ships in order of acquisition:

Ship Built In service for Cunard Type of Ship Tonnage (GRT) Notes
SS Unicorn 1836 1840–1846 wood-paddler 650 coastal steamer purchased for Montreal service, sold 1846
RMS Britannia 1840 1840–1849 wood-paddler 1,150 Eastbound record holder, sold to North German Navy 1849
RMS Acadia 1840 1840–1849 wood-paddler 1,150 sold to North German Navy 1849
RMS Caledonia 1840 1840–1850 wood-paddler 1,150 sold to Spanish Navy 1850
RMS Columbia 1841 1841–1843 wood-paddler 1,150 Blue Riband, wrecked 1843 without loss of life
RMS Hibernia 1843 1843–1850 wood-paddler 1,400 Eastbound record holder, sold to Spanish Navy 1850
RMS Cambria 1845 1845–1860 wood-paddler 1,400 Blue Riband, sold to Italian owners 1860
RMS America 1848 1848–1863 wood-paddler 1,850 Blue Riband, sold 1863 and converted to sail
RMS Niagara 1848 1848–1866 wood-paddler 1,850 sold 1866 and converted to sail
RMS Europa 1848 1848–1867 wood-paddler 1,850 Blue Riband, sold 1867
RMS Canada 1848 1848–1866 wood-paddler 1,850 Eastbound record holder, sold 1866 and converted to sail
RMS Asia 1850 1850–1868 wood-paddler 2,250 Blue Riband, sold 1868
RMS Africa 1850 1850–1868 wood-paddler 2,250 sold 1868
Arabia 1852 1852–1864 wood-paddler 2,400 sold 1864 and converted to sail
Andes 1852 1852–1859 iron-screw 1,400 sold to Spanish Government 1859
Alps 1853 1853–1859 iron-screw 1,400 sold to Spanish Government 1859
Jura 1854 1854–1860 iron-screw 2,200 sold to Allan Line 1860
Etna 1855 1855–1860 iron-screw 2,200 sold to Inman Line 1860
RMS Persia 1856 1856–1869 iron-paddler 3,300 Blue Riband, taken out of service 1868 and scrapped 1872
Australian 1857 1860–1876 iron-screw 2,700 built for other owners, sold 1876
SS China 1862 1862–1880 iron-screw 2,550 sold to Spanish owners 1880
RMS Scotia 1862 1864–1878 iron-paddler 3,850 Blue Riband, sold 1878 and converted to cable layer
Cuba 1864 1865–1876 iron-screw 2,700 sold 1876 and converted to sail
SS Java 1865 1865–1878 iron-screw 2,700 sold 1878 to Red Star Line, and renamed "Zeeland"
SS Russia 1867 1867–1880 express 2,950 sold to Red Star Line 1880
SS Siberia 1867 1867–1880 intermediate 2,550 sold to Spanish owners 1880
SS Samaria 1868 1868–1892 intermediate 2,550 sold 1892
SS Batavia 1870 1870–1884 intermediate 2,550 traded in for Oregon 1884
SS Abyssinia 1870 1870–1880 express 3,250 sold to Guion Line 1880
SS Algeria 1870 1870–1881 express 3,250 sold to Red Star Line 1881
SS Parthia 1870 1870–1884 intermediate 3,150 traded in for Oregon 1884, scrapped 1955
SS Bothnia 1874 1874–1898 express 4,550 sold 1898
SS Scythia 1875 1875–1899 express 4,550 sold 1899
Gallia 1879 1879–1897 express 4,800 sold to Beaver Line 1899
Cathalonia 1881 1881–1901 intermediate 4,850 sold 1901
Cephaloni 1882 1882–1900 intermediate 5,500 sold to Russian Navy 1900, sunk Port Authur
Pavonia 1882 1882–1900 intermediate 5,500 sold 1900
SS Servia 1881 1881–1902 express 7,400 first steel liner to New York, scrapped 1902
Aurania 1883 1883–1905 express 7,250 sold 1905
SS Oregon (1883) 1883 1884–1886 express 7,400 Blue Riband, built for Guion Line, purchased by Cunard 1884, sank 1886 without loss of life
RMS Umbria 1884 1884–1910 express 7,700 Blue Riband, sold 1910
RMS Etruria 1884 1884–1910 express 7,700 Blue Riband, sold 1910
RMS Campania 1893 1893–1914 express 12,900 Blue Riband, sold to Royal Navy 1914 and converted to aircraft carrier
RMS Lucania 1893 1893–1909 express 12,900 Blue Riband, scrapped after fire 1909
Ultonia 1899 1899–1917 intermediate 10,400 sunk by submarine 1917
SS Ivernia 1900 1900–1917 intermediate 14,250 sunk by submarine 1917
RMS Saxonia 1900 1900–1925 intermediate 14,250 sold 1925
RMS Carpathia 1903 1903–1918 intermediate 13,600 rescued survivors from Titanic, sunk by submarine 1918
RMS Caronia 1905 1905–1932 intermediate 19,650 scrapped 1932
RMS Carmania 1905 1905–1932 intermediate 19,650 scrapped 1932
RMS Lusitania 1907 1907–1915 express 31,550 Blue Riband, sunk by submarine 1915
RMS Mauretania 1907 1907–1934 express 31,950 Blue Riband, scrapped 1934
Franconia 1911 1911–1916 intermediate 18,100 sunk by submarine 1916
RMS Albania 1900 1911–1912 intermediate 7,650 built for Thompson Line, purchased by Cunard 1911, sold 1912
Ascania 1911 1911–1918 intermediate 9,100 wrecked 1918
SS Laconia 1912 1912–1917 intermediate 18,100 sunk by submarine 1917
RMS Andania 1913 1913–1918 intermediate 13,400 sunk by submarine 1918
RMS Alaunia 1913 1913–1916 intermediate 13,400 sunk by mine 1916
RMS Aquitania 1914 1914–1950 express 45,650 scrapped 1950
SS Orduna 1914 1914–1921 intermediate 15,700 built for other owners, acquired by Cunard 1914, sold 1921
Aurania 1916 1916–1918 intermediate 13,400 sunk by submarine 1918
Albania 1920 1920–1930 intermediate 12,750 sold to Libera Triestina 1930
RMS Berengaria 1913 1921–1938 express 51,950 built by Hapag as Imperator, purchased by Cunard 1921, sold for scrap 1938
RMS Scythia 1921 1921–1958 intermediate 19,700 scrapped 1958
Samaria 1922 1922–1955 intermediate 19,700 scrapped 1955
RMS Laconia 1922 1922–1942 intermediate 19,700 sunk by submarine 1942
RMS Antonia 1922 1922–1942 intermediate 13,900 sold to Admiralty 1942
Austonia 1922 1922–1942 intermediate 13,900 sold to Admiralty 1942
RMS Lancastria 1922 1922–1940 intermediate 16,250 sunk by bombing 1940
Franconia 1923 1923–1956 intermediate 20,200 scrapped 1956
RMS Aurania 1924 1924–1942 intermediate 14,000 sold to Admiralty 1942
RMS Carinthia 1925 1925–1940 cruise 20,200 sunk by submarine 1940
RMS Ascania 1925 1925–1956 intermediate 14,000 scrapped 1956
Alaunia 1925 1925–1942 intermediate 14,000 sold to Admiralty 1942
RMS Queen Mary 1936 1936–1967 express 80,750 Blue Riband, sold 1967, now a stationary hotel ship
RMS Mauretania 1939 1939–1965 express 37,750 scrapped 1965
RMS Queen Elizabeth 1940 1946–1968 express 83,650 WWII troopship 1940-1945, sold 1968, destroyed by fire 1972


See also: White Star Line's Olympic, Homeric, Majestic, Doric, Laurentic, Britannic and Georgic

Post WWII

Ship Built Cunard service Type of Ship Tonnage
(GRT)
Notes
RMS Media 1947 1947–1961 Cargo liner 13,350 sold to Cogedar Line 1961
Parthia 1947 1947–1961 Cargo liner 13,350 sold to P&O 1961
RMS Caronia 1949 1949–1968 Cruise 34,200 sold 1968, wrecked 1974
RMS Saxonia
RMS Carmania
1954 1954-1962
1962-1973
Iintermediate
Cruise
21,637
21,370
Sold to the Black Sea Shipping Company, Soviet Union 1973
RMS Ivernia
RMS Franconia
1955 1955-1963
1963-1973
Cruise 21,800 Sold to the Far Eastern Shipping Company, Soviet Union 1973
RMS Carinthia 1956 1956–1968 Intermediate 21,800 sold to Sitmar Line 1968
RMS Sylvania 1957 1957–1968 Intermediate 21,800 sold to Sitmar Line 1968
Queen Elizabeth 2 1969 1969–2008 Express 70,300 sold 2008, laid up in Port Rashid
Cunard Adventurer 1971 1971–1977 Cruise 14,150 sold to Norwegian Cruise Line 1977
Cunard Ambassador 1972 1972–1974 Cruise 14,150 sold after fire 1974 to C. Clausen and converted to a cattle carrier
Cunard Countess 1975 1976–1996 Cruise 17,500 sold to Awani Cruise Line 1996
Cunard Princess 1975 1977–1995 Cruise 17,500 sold to MSC Cruises 1995
Sagafjord 1965 1983–1997 Cruise 24,500 built for Norwegian America Line, sold to Saga Cruises 1997
Vistafjord
Caronia
1973 1983-1999
1999-2004
Cruise 24,300 built for Norwegian America Line, sold to Saga Cruises 2004
Sea Goddess I 1984 1986–1998 Cruise 4,333 Built for Sea Goddess Cruises, transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line 1998
Sea Goddess II 1985 1986–1998 Cruise 4,333 Built for Sea Goddess Cruises, transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line 1998
Royal Viking Sun 1988 1994–1999 Cruise 37,850 built for Royal Viking Line, transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line 1999
Queen Mary 2 2004 2004–present Cruise 148,528 GT in service
Queen Victoria 2007 2007–present Cruise 90,049 GT in service
Queen Elizabeth 2010 2010–present Cruise 90,901 GT in service

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